National Geographic : 1996 Sep
A SPECIAL PLACE Hawk High Over Four Corners Photographs by ADRIEL HEISEY "This country turns its bones to the sky. Ancient turmoils scrawl across every expanse, andhidden energies heave at its tough hide." From the seat of his aircraft open to the weather and the world-photographerAdriel Heisey senses that the land is alive. He passes slowly, headinginto the wind at "raptorheight." Heisey came here as a pilot whose job was to land in remote terrainand bring out members of the Navajo Nation who requiredmedical care. Heflew many missions, and "the ground beneath my wings spoke to me." So he built an experimental aircraft designedfor photography. Once two young Navajo men watchedhim take off into a hard,cold wind. When he struggledback, one pulled out a webbed talisman known as a dreamcatcher. "We sold 'em all, except this one. It's to keep you safe when you fly."